While I was in Anaheim for the half marathon, I was hanging out – of course – around Disneyland. Since I wasn’t running the 10K, I had all day Saturday to kill. One of my fitness friends was running the 10K and we agreed to meet at Disneyland after the race so we could go on a few rides that morning. The park didn’t open until 9 am and while I was waiting for her to finish, shower and head over to the park, I treated myself to breakfast at La Brea Bakery at Downtown Disney.
I had heard of Nancy Silverton’s La Brea Bakery and even
have one of her cookbooks but they’re primarily in Southern California so I’d
never been to one before. The lines were
fairly long as people who’d completed the 10K and their supporters were at the
park early, also killing time before the parks opened. But, like all lines in
the Disney sphere, they’re handled very efficiently and fairly quickly. The
Downtown Disney location is separated into the formal café/restaurant part
(longer wait for a table) and an “Express” section where you place your order
at the counter, they prepare it, hand it over after some minutes and you find
your own seating in their outdoor patio area or elsewhere.
I hadn’t eaten but wanted protein so I opted for a ham,
egg and cheese panini. I knew La Brea
Bakery was known for its bread so I definitely wanted something with bread so I
could try it. I also got what looked like a “downtowner” which is what Gayle’s
Bakery in Santa Cruz calls a cinnamon-roll-shaped puff pastry rolled in
cinnamon sugar. Gayle’s version is light and flaky but unfortunately, La Brea’s
was not. I think if I’d been able to eat it warm, I would’ve liked it better
since I’m partial to warm bread. But, at room temperature, it was more dense
and a bit dry. It had a drier texture than a typical cinnamon roll so I opted
to just eat the center coil. Even that would’ve been better warm.
The panini though was served warm and it was delicious.
There’s not much that can go wrong with ham, egg and cheese, especially when
you’ve woken up early and hadn’t eaten for 3 hours. Even so, it was a good (and
filling) way to start the day. Loved the bread they used for it too.